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Fall generally offers ample opportunities to find all sorts of fungus in the preserves and as cooler, wet weather moves in, be on the lookout while on the trails. View more information.

The 158-acre Thorn Grove Preserve was acquired between 1991 and 2013.

The preserve is part of the Thorn Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,600 acres of land.

Natural Resources

Thorn Grove Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of Thorn Creek.

The preserve is home to a variety of plant species, including oaks, northern gooseberry, and spinulose shield fern.

The site is managed with community restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.
Thorn Grove Preserve Wildlife
Photograph Courtesy of Joel Craig
Thorn Grove Preserve is located north of Norfolk Avenue and east of Western Avenue in Steger/Crete Township.

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